i was due to have a vertebrectomy but there was problems with high need beds so had a corpectomy instead of full vertebrectomy, they still used the cage and metalware. i found i didnt like the effect of the morphine, made me feel ill, so i accepted the pain and by the following morning was up and about, drinking loads of water and walking (all thanks to the tips i got from this site!) on the thurs morn the doc said i was doing so good that if i got the catheter, drain, canulas out, saw the physio and had my xrays done i could go home... well i was on my way home by 4pm! feel like i have been hit by a bus, but only on paracetemal and codiene at night (only to keep hubby happy as he feels it must help!) can hardly swallow but again was prepared for that, when the food gets stuck i just dont panic and sip water. the hard collar is something to get used to but i have a soft collar for nights and in the shower. today my wound is beginning to itch like mad and i am wondering if i should change the dressing? any suggestions. scar should just end up looking like a fold in my neck. so ......... so far so good. thank you again, still in satin pjs,etc.. what a great site this is!